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No. 13 LSU edges No. 5 Tennessee in OT

(AP Photo/Bill Feig)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Javonte Smart waved both arms upward as he turned to the frenzied crowd inside the packed Peter Maravich Assembly Center, pounded his chest and hollered triumphantly.

It was as if the freshman, who grew up near Baton Rouge, knew he'd make the free throws LSU needed to close out an emotional victory - and realize a scene from his childhood dreams.

Smart capped a career-best 29-point performance with a crucial rebound and go-ahead free throws in the final seconds, and No. 13 LSU outlasted fifth-ranked Tennessee 82-80 in overtime on Saturday.


Duke rules out Williamson vs. Syracuse

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke says freshman star Zion Williamson won't play against Syracuse because of a mild knee sprain sustained earlier in the week.

Team spokesman Mike DeGeorge disclosed Williamson's status on Saturday, about 7 hours before the top-ranked Blue Devils (23-2, 11-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) visit Syracuse (18-8, 9-4).


Hunter rallies No. 3 UVa by Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) De'Andre Hunter was hungry to do his part.

The hard part was waiting nearly 9 1/2 minutes on the bench with two fouls. Once Hunter returned, he couldn't miss and all was right for No. 3 Virginia on Saturday as it rallied from a double-digit halftime deficit against No. 18 Louisville.


Ole Miss players kneel in rally protest

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Eight University of Mississippi men's basketball players kneeled during the national anthem Saturday in response to a Confederacy rally near the arena.

Minutes before the game against Georgia, both teams formed lines for the anthem. As soon as "The Star-Spangled Banner" began, six players from the Rebels took a knee and bowed. Toward the end of the anthem, two teammates joined them.


Calipari passes Hall as Kentucky rolls

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) John Calipari was satisfied being in third place as Kentucky's all-time winningest coach.

"No one should go by (Joe B Hall), so coach Hall just asked me to vacate any games that go by him," Calipari said. "I said they have already vacated some of my games. Maybe we'll just vacate some more and at the end of the day I'll be one less than him."


Noi has 20-13, TCU tops No. 19 Iowa St.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Kouat Noi had 20 points with 13 rebounds, Alex Robinson also had a double-double and TCU ended a three-game losing streak with a 75-72 win over No. 19 Iowa State on Saturday.

TCU, which had blown a 10-point lead it built before halftime, finally went ahead to stay when Desmond Bane hit a 3-pointer from the left wing with just under two minutes left to snap a 68-all tie. JD Miller later drove hard for a layup, knocking down one defender without a call and getting fouled by another to make it 73-70 in the final 41 seconds. He missed the free throw.


No. 11 Marquette rolls over Providence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) With the Big East's leading scorer slowed by an injury, No. 11 Marquette had to look elsewhere.

Fortunately for the Golden Eagles, several of Markus Howard's teammates enjoyed hot hands at Providence's expense.


No. 15 Purdue digs deep, edges Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Matt Haarms scored 17 points, Grady Eifert beat the shot clock for two huge baskets down the stretch, and No. 15 Purdue posted a 75-72 win over Nebraska on Saturday.

Purdue (20-7, 13-3 Big Ten) won its second straight close road game, having beaten Indiana 48-46 on a tip-in with three seconds left Tuesday. Ryan Cline's 3-pointer to end the first half gave the Boilermakers a two-point lead, and they never trailed again.


No. 24 Terps earn key win over Ohio St.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 19 points, Bruno Fernando had 14 points and 10 rebounds and No. 24 Maryland defeated Ohio State 72-62 Saturday to remain unbeaten at home in the Big Ten.

The Terrapins (21-7, 12-5) used a 13-0 run to take a 52-36 lead. Although the margin dwindled to two points with 5:27 left, Maryland held on to improve to 14-2 at home, including 7-0 in the conference.


Late block seals Sooners' win over Texas

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) In Oklahoma's first meeting against Texas, Jamal Bieniemy was nearly a hero.

In Saturday's return matchup, Bieniemy was the hero.